Where the child's interest inspires great work

Maitri Learning creates educational materials that are research-based, accurate, beautiful, durable, and usable. Maitri Learning was founded somewhat accidentally by a Montessori teacher who was trying to buy the perfect materials for her classroom and couldn't find them anywhere. Now, the materials she created (based specifically on the precise directions received in her AMI training) are used by Montessori teachers, parents, and teacher trainers around the world. We are named after the Buddhist word maitri which means 'having a compassionate, kind heart.' We keep the principle of maitri at the front of all of our business decisions.

When you order Maitri Learning materials you can be confident that you are receiving materials of the highest educational value. All of our materials are designed by a Montessori teacher and rigorously reviewed and tested by Montessori teacher trainers, teachers, and children before they are offered for sale. Our research-based materials contain exactly what you and your children need and nothing else. 

Maitri is a green, eco-friendly, fair-wage, right-livelihood, woman-owned business. We pay all of our employees at least $15/hour, which should be our country's national minimum wage. Our prices reflect these fair labor costs along with the higher costs of environmentally-sound paper, toxin-free laminate, and inks made without ozone-depleting substances.

Phonetic Cards

Phonetic Word Cards

$12.95 USD

Once children start reading, they have a voracious appetite for the written word! But before they are ready for books, they need more experience with individual words....
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Phonetic Activity Cards

$12.95 USD

Remember playing charades? Well now your youngest readers can engage in that classic game while flexing their reading skills. Phonetic Activity Cards are just what the...
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Phonogram Lists: Traditional Phonograms

$14.95 USD

These lists are a great way to inspire movable alphabet work and help children refine their growing understanding of spelling. Each card features a single phonogram th...
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Phonogram Lists: Common Phonograms

$14.95 USD

These lists are a great way to inspire movable alphabet work and help children refine their growing understanding of spelling. Each card features a single phonogram th...
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Flowers

Wildflowers 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Get outside and bring your pruning shears and a basket. You'll find some great, common blossoms in this set that you'll want to try arranging for yourself. 3-part for...
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Garden Flowers Matching

$13.95 USD

You can almost smell these lovelies. Take a stroll through this cottage garden and see your favorite specimens...  then bring them right in for some flower arranging f...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) Book

$12.95 USD

Check out the stamens on this beauty! You can just sense the pollen spreading and sticking to everything. These cards clearly show the difference between a stamen and ...
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Wildflowers Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

Get outside and bring your pruning shears and a basket. You'll find some great, common blossoms in this set that you'll want to try arranging for yourself. Vocabulary...
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Wildflowers Matching

$13.95 USD

Get outside and bring your pruning shears and a basket. You'll find some great, common blossoms in this set that you'll want to try arranging for yourself. Matching f...
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Garden Flowers Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

You can almost smell these lovelies. Take a stroll through this cottage garden and see your favorite specimens... then bring them right in for some flower arranging fu...
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Garden Flowers 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

You can almost smell these lovelies. Take a stroll through this cottage garden and see your favorite specimens... then bring them right in for some flower arranging fu...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Check out the stamens on this beauty! You can just sense the pollen spreading and sticking to everything. These cards clearly show the difference between a stamen and...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) Book

$12.95 USD

Check out the landing platform offered by these petal-like tepals! You can just imagine the insects walking right up to that pollen-covered stamen. Use these in the cl...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) Book & Card Set

$49.95 USD

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included ...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) Book & Card Set

$49.95 USD

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Check out the landing platform offered by these petal-like tepals! You can just imagine the insects walking right up to that pollen-covered stamen. Use these in the c...
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"Parts of" the Flower Definitions (Dicot & Monocot)

$9.95 USD

SALE! Available for a limited time only: These definition cards match the pages in the "Parts of" the Flower books (Dicot & Monocot), but in this card format, the ...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) Definitions

$19.95 USD

These definition cards match the pages in the "Parts of" the Dicot Flower book, but in this card format, the children get to mix and match. They can play with phrases ...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) Definitions

$19.95 USD

These definition cards match the pages in the "Parts of" the Monocot Flower book, but in this card format, the children get to mix and match. They can play with phrase...
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Imperfect "Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $9.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except the color is just a little bit different (more pink). Our slight printer error means big savings for you! These ful...
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Imperfect Garden Flowers Vocabulary

$7.95 USD $4.50 USD

These are just like our first quality laminated cards except the printing is a bit askew so the pictures are not quite centered on the cards (see photo). Otherwise, th...
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Imperfect: "Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) Book

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

This is just like our first quality book except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sligh...
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Land & Water

Land & Water 1 Book

$12.95 USD

Bring your land & water forms to real-life with these beautiful photos. No more brown and blue line drawings! Now you can use real geographical locations to clearl...
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Land & Water 1

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Bring your land & water forms to real-life with these beautiful photos. No more brown and blue line drawings! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the ...
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Land & Water 1 Definitions

$19.95 USD

Here they are! Clear, text-only descriptions of each basic Land & Water 1 term. These definition cards match the pages in the Land & Water 1 book, but in this ...
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Land & Water 1 Book & Card Set

$49.95 USD

This discounted set includes one each of Land &  Water 1 Materials including: Definition book (fully laminated) 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan in...
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Land & Water 2 Book

$12.95 USD

Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 advanced land and water geographic formations commonly included in geography bees. Fully laminated pages and c...
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Land & Water 2

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 advanced land and water geographic formations commonly included in geography bees. 3-part format includes phot...
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Land & Water 2 Book & Card Set

$49.95 USD

This discounted set includes one each of Land &  Water 2 Materials including: Definition book (fully laminated) 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan in...
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Land & Water 2 Definitions

$19.95 USD

Here they are! Clear, text-only descriptions of each of the Advanced Land & Water 2 terms. These definition cards match the pages in the Land & Water 2 book, b...
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Spanish Land & Water 1

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Finally, the best Land & Water cards are available in Spanish! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 basic land and water geographic formations o...
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Spanish Land & Water 1 Book

$15.95 USD

Finally, our best selling Land & Water book is available in Spanish! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 basic land and water geographic format...
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Spanish Land & Water 1 Definitions

$24.95 USD

This is AWESOME work for Spanish immersion or bilingual classrooms. Don't stop your Spanish activities when children gain some proficiency. Stretch them further with t...
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Chinese Land & Water 1 Book

$16.95 USD

Real geographical locations clearly depict the 10 basic land and water formations of island, lake, archipelago, system of lakes, cape, bay, peninsula, gulf, isthmus, a...
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Chinese Land & Water 1: 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 basic land and water geographic formations of island, lake, archipelago, system of lakes, cape, bay, peninsula,...
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Chinese Land & Water 1 Definitions

$24.95 USD

Here they are in Chinese! Clear, text-only descriptions of each basic Land & Water 1 term. These definition cards match the pages in the Land & Water 1 book bu...
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Chinese Land & Water 2 Book

$16.95 USD

Real geographical locations clearly depict the 10 land and water formations commonly seen in spelling bees in perfect Chinese! Fully laminated pages and covers featur...
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Chinese Land & Water 2

3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 advanced land and water geographic formations commonly included in geography bees in perfect Chinese. 3-part f...
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Chinese Land & Water 2 Definitions

$24.95 USD

Here they are in Chinese! Clear, text-only descriptions of each basic Land & Water 2 term. These definition cards match the pages in the Land & Water 2 book bu...
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Imperfect Land & Water 2 Book

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

This product is unavailable

This is just like our first quality book except the sky in some of the pictures appears a bit streaky (see photo for example) and some of the colors are a bit dull. Ot...
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Imperfect: Land & Water 1 Book

$12.95 USD $6.95 USD

This is just like our first quality book except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sligh...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Fade and Observe

“Old Montessorians never die, they just fade and observe.”

- Author unknown

Hand washingI was observing in a primary classroom the other day when I saw an utterly enthralled 4-year-old boy doing the hand washing work. His hands were in the beautiful blue and white basin and he was smiling as he turned the water over and under each hand.

Soon he let out a sigh which apparently meant he was ready for the next step. He lifted his hands out of the basin, dried them on the towel, grasped the sides of the basin, and went to empty it. But into what? The perfectly coordinated pail was sitting ready for him on the shelf beneath the basin but it went completely unnoticed. Instead, the boy put the basin back on the table and placed the matching blue and white pitcher on the ground in front of the table. He then proceeded to meticulously pour the basin water into the wide-mouth of the pitcher! No easy task, let me assure you, yet very little water was spilled.

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Setting up the Environment (Primary)

I've been working with Libertas Public Montessori School in Memphis. One of our many projects is to open a new Primary class. So, I've been investing a great deal of time in looking at material suppliers, thinking about plants, and measuring heights for tables and chairs. Since I know I'm not the only one doing this work, I decided to post my thoughts and discoveries here so we can all benefit...and maybe get a few of you to post some replies!

Nature

Sometimes our space has many low windows that bring a gorgeous natural landscape right into our classrooms. Sometimes, we have cinder block walls up to a drop ceiling. We have to work with what we have but in all cases, we must prioritize the natural world. Not just because I say so, but because research shows that views of nature have significant effects on attention and learning. 

If you have windows with views of nature, showcase them. Put your easel right in front of them. Set many tables so that they look out on the vista. Banish your curtains and shades unless the sunlight is blinding.

If your windows look out on a parking lot or a busy walkway, hang half or quarter curtains. You want these at about 4-5' high and extending just to the window sill. The objective is to protect the child's attention by blocking unsightly or busy views while still letting in as much natural light and sky views as possible. Make sense? 

If you don't have windows, bring nature in. Get plants that will grow in the lighting you have,... lots of them. Give serious thought to a large fish tank or other pet terrarium. Minimize your use of fluorescent overhead lights and invest in lamps with those great bulbs that mimic natural light. (Be mindful of the cords, though. Keep those safely tucked away.) Build a canopy out of sticks. Get creative and find ways to make your classroom alive with the natural world. (Click on the photo for links to more ideas from childroots.)

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

I remember the first parent-teacher conference I had. My daughter was not quite 3 years old and I had no idea what to expect. Her teacher, Maggie Radzik (an amazing Montessorian who deeply inspired me), sat down with me and said, "She's doing fine. I have no concerns. Do you have any questions?"

That was unexpected. She let me lead the dialogue and I had TONS of questions (like what are those "metal insects" my daughter wants to get her hands on so badly and how come she puts on her shoes all by herself here but not at home). That was the beginning of our teacher-parent friendship. It was also my introduction to this Montessori way of non-judgmentally and optimistically accepting each child for who they are.

Later, when I was a trained Montessorian myself and had to hold my own parent-teacher conferences, I always kept Maggie's example in mind. I don't think I did as well as her at first. I was nervous. I spoke too much. Sometimes I got caught up in deviations rather than focusing on normalization. But in every meeting, it turned out that the parents were actually the teachers and I was the student.

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